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Casually employed full time student

Debt amount: 
$13641
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 5 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
January 2013 to December 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Austudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Was at work today and opened the electronic letter... WTF!!
Caused disruption to my work all day, having to make phone calls to centrelink and previous employers.
Absolutely ridiculous

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Absolutely blindsided. I did everything correctly, and reported without fail.
The debt is close to 15% of my total income (including Austudy) during those 4 years!